UPDATE: REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS START FRIDAY; 3A PPD

AN BBH LINC MARRUFO FEATThe state championship push begins tomorrow for Class 4A and below baseball and softball teams as they open regional tournament play across the state.

A number of Northwest Arkansas teams will be in action starting at 10 a.m. and games will be played all day Friday. Saturday's semifinals and Monday's third place and championship games will be at noon and 2:30 both days. The top 4 teams in the 4A and 3A regionals advance to state tournament play next week. The 3A baseball and softball tournaments in … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Duo Competing in EYBL

AN BKB SDALE F4 Springdale High rising senior guards Chris Owens and Tereke Eckwood have a chance to showcase their skills against the best talent in the nation this spring and summer. The Class of 2015 duo is playing AAU basketball for some of the top teams in the country in the 17-and-under circuit of the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). Owens is playing for the Arkansas Wings Elite team, while Eckwood is a new … Continue Reading ››

FOOTBALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

We haven't officially closed the books on the 2013-14 school year just yet. There are still several weeks left in the spring sports season, including regional and state tournaments. But football is in the air. Next week schools will start spring practices that will set in motion their plans for the fall. In the spring, anything is possible. The 2014 season will have a number of intriguing storylines. Among the  things to keep an eye on: • Springdale Har-Ber will finally have its very own stadium. Progress is being made on getting it ready as we write. They will no longer share Jarrell … Continue Reading ››

Six Springdale Athletes Sign

AN FBH-SDALE PARSONSSix Springdale High athletes were recognized in a signing ceremony Friday in Bulldog Gym. Cory Stewart (tennis) signed with the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Neal Parsons (football) signed with Hendrix and Chelsea Baldwin (softball) signed with Ecclesia College. Marlen Reynoso (volleyball) is headed to Newbury College in Newbury, Mass., while the Bulldog soccer duo of Orsy Gonzalez and Bryan Lemus are headed to Missouri to Neosho County Community College and Crowder Community … Continue Reading ››

Arkansans pack tornado benefit game

baseball-WITH STORY An overflow crowd helped raise more than $129,000 for tornado relief efforts Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. An announced attendance of 8,014 showed up for an exhibition baseball game between Mayflower and Vilonia at the home of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. According to KTHV, a total of $129,261 was raised at the game in addition to more than $4,000 donated in gift cards. Attendance to the game was free as fans were encouraged to instead donate to the cities affected most by the April 27 tornado. Fifteen … Continue Reading ››

Jonesboro pitcher throws no-hitter

Jonesboro pitcher Brady Brown threw a no-hitter Tuesday in a 5-0 win over Marion. Brown struck out seven batters in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the second career no-hitter for the senior, who also threw one last season against Mountain Home. Jonesboro later beat Marion 2-1 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Hurricane won the 7A/6A-East championship outright with the sweep and Little Rock Central's doubleheader split with North Little Rock.

Greenlaw to miss spring practice

AN FBH-BENT-FAY 11-9 Fayetteville defensive back Dre Greenlaw won't practice this spring after suffering a broken foot. Greenlaw, who is verbally committed to Arkansas State, told Hawgs Illustrated he suffered the injury and required surgery last month. He expects to be able to play in some of the team's camps this summer. As a junior, Greenlaw recorded 104 tackles and five interceptions for the Bulldogs. He scored touchdowns on a kickoff return, a punt return, an interception and a fumble recovery. Fayetteville is scheduled to play its spring game May 30 at Harmon Field.

West Memphis hires Elmore

Buzz Kick Off Classic -Stuttgart vs CAC West Memphis has hired Billy Elmore from Stuttgart as its new football coach. Elmore is a two-time state champion, winning titles at Class 4A Stuttgart in 2012 and Class 3A Glen Rose in 2007. Elmore has a career record of 81-53 at Stuttgart, Arkadelphia and Glen Rose. Elmore will succeed Lanny Dauksch, who went 116-41-1 and won eight conference championships in 13 seasons with the Blue Devils. Dauksch was hired as the school's athletics director last month.

Monk scores 59 in AAU game

Malik Monk (Bentonville) The legend of Bentonville guard Malik Monk is growing fast. Monk scored 59 points Saturday for the Arkansas Wings. He made 15 of 27 field goal attempts, including 10 of 18 attempts from 3-point range in the Wings' 98-91 loss to All Ohio Red at Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League in Sacramento, Calif. The sophomore also made 19 of 23 free throw attempts and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing 39 minutes. Monk is already considered one of the top recruits nationally. He has offers from Kansas, Florida, Baylor and homestate Arkansas. NWA Media … Continue Reading ››

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